Hyper-litigious, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump spent millions of dollars filing baseless lawsuits around the country trying to get the results of the 2020 presidential election overturned. Ultimately none of them were successful, but in each case states had to incur significant legal expenses to litigate them.
Now two counties in the Atlanta area are suing Trump for legal fees to get that money back for Georgia taxpayers. Cobb and DeKalb counties filed motions this week against Trump and Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer. Cobb County’s Director of Registration and Elections Janine Eveler and DeKalb County’s Erica Hamilton were among a dozen of others named in the original complaint, which was filed in Fulton County Superior Court in December. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger was also listed as a defendant.
“Given the number of failed lawsuits filed by the former President and his campaign, Petitioners apparently believed that they could filed their baseless and legally deficient actions with impunity, with no regard for the costs extracted from the taxpayers’ coffers or the consequences to the democratic foundations of our country,” the motion states. Trump’s claims, it continues, “were so bereft of factual and legal support that it cannot reasonably be believed that a court would accept them.”
The brief goes on to assert that Trump’s lawsuit did not provide specific examples of illegally cast ballots or other voter fraud in Georgia. “Rather Petitioners offer only wild theories, facially invalid claims and questionable ‘buckets of votes.'”
According to the DeKalb motion, the lawsuit “repeats unsubstantiated and frivolous claims of violations of state laws and regulations related to voter, registration, absentee ballot processing, signature matching, and improper limits on the public and election monitors during the tabulation of the votes and the recount.”
Cobb is seeking $10,875 in attorneys’ fees while DeKalb is asking for $6,105.